The hunt begins... (soon)
Zuul's original list for August can be found here.
1. A film featuring Rutger…
Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, itinerant journalist Paul Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden editor Lotterman. Adopting the rum-soaked lifestyle of the late ‘50s version of Hemingway’s “The Lost Generation,” Paul soon becomes entangled with a very attractive American woman, Chenaults and her fiancée Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals. It is within this world that Kemp ultimately discovers his true voice as a writer and integrity as a man.
Zzzzzzzzzzzz... roll credits.
Revisited in 2016
Pretty sure the direction on set sounded a lot like the chorus of this classic song:
Go Johnny go
Go Johnny go
Go Johnny go
Go Johnny go
Go go go
Johnny be good
The Rum Diary is an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s fictionalised memoirs of his time working as a journalist in Puerto Rico. This is clearly dear to Depp’s heart but at $45 million this is one expensive passion project. Unfortunately, for those that put up the money, it is hard to see a sizeable return on their investment. Bringing Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I) on board as writer-director looked like a masterstroke, but whilst he has made a very handsome looking film, the story is far too bitty and lacking in interest to work.
Depp delivers one of his better recent performances (although that isn’t saying much) but he is 20 odd years too old for the role, and looks it.…
Film 63 of The December Project
Most of you think The Rum Diary is a bit meh. Thing is, that's what makes it a bloody good adaptation of the book.
And I don't think I'm saying that just because I'm developing a crush on Bruce Robinson.
The Rum Diary is juvenilia.
The Rum Diary is Hunter S. Thompson at volume level 7.
I read it about ten years ago, after about ten of his other books, and it was quieter and meandering and washed-out, yet with flashes of the crazed quicksilver fury that created the HST legend.
There were many times when this film made me feel exactly like I did when reading the book. Occasionally it's a…
Johnny Depp's career has been on the slide for a few years now. One off-kilter performance after another have done his star wattage a fair bit of damage. Some would say it all started when Depp teamed up with Jolie for The Tourist, which was truly awful, and the lacklustre rewards for The Lone Ranger (which I liked), Dark Shadows (which I also liked), before Transcendence and Mortdecai really threatened to cook his goose. Right smack in the middle of those releases came The Rum Diary, which yet again copped flak for Owensboro Kentucky's favourite son. But was it justified?
The Rum Diary was gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's baby. It took director Bruce Robinson to write a coherent screenplay…
Hunter S. Thompson was brilliant. One of the funniest, strangest, and most clever writers of any generation. This film is the exact opposite.
After seeing three Hunter S. Thompson films today, I'll admit my expectations were pretty high on this film and I was really disappointed. Maybe it's because my hopes were so high after seeing his other works, but this really disappointed me. This is a prequel of sorts that depicts Hunter before the drugs and the booze and the insanity. That's kinda the problem. A sober Hunter S. Thompson just isn't as entertaining nor interesting as a boozed up, drugged out, somewhat insane Hunter S. Thompson. This film desperately needed some of the weirdness that Hunter brought into…
Here's the thing with The Rum Diary, it's no Fear and Loathing that's for sure. This is based off of Hunter S. Thompson's book of the same name and that book was written in the early 60s but only got found and published in the late 90s by Johnny Depp. This is Johnny Depps passion project and I just didn't like it. I haven't read the book but even if I had I don't think I'd like this movie, this isn't the same characters from Fear and Loathing but from the author I was expecting more comedy and insanity than drama.
Johnny Depp plays a writer who in the early 60s moves to Puerto Rico to further his skill and…
Not as good as the novel, but more fun than the reviews seem to suggest.
Boring story badly told. It's not funny and it certainly doesn't contain any intrigue so I'm perplexed as to why anyone would make it. Or rather why anyone would stump up $45 million dollars for it to be made.
Johnny Depp as Paul Kemp in an adaptation of an early Hunter S Thompson novel. Depp was a friend of Thompson's and he has appeared in another Thompson adaptation "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". Perhaps that is where the difficulties begin with this film. I have never read the source material but it was the work of a young Thompson, still developing his craft.
While this film has glimmers of promise - picturesque locations, name actors, it never develops beyond a rambling tale with some amusing vignettes. Depp never lets us forget that he is 'acting" and at no stage was he believable. Even in the first scene, when he is supposed to be terribly hungover and banged about…
The film begins with main character Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) waking up in a luxurious hotel room in Puerto Rico after a heavy night of drinking. After chomping down a few aspirin, Kemp stumbles into the editors office of the San Juan Star and is given a dead end writing job. After a few chance encounters, Kemp becomes the center of intrigue and corruption while consuming copious amounts of alcohol.
"The Rum Diary" was originally a novella from the twisted mind of Hunter S. Thompson an eccentric journalist and novelist who in addition to smoking, snorting, injecting, drinking every drug, alcohol and carcinogen known to man, managed to change the face of journalism by calling it as he sees it.…
Why didn't they show Amber Heard's vagina? They did in the goddamn book.
Weak. Fear and loathing in Vegas has so much more fun...
Surprisingly dull. You'd think, even the star and director, that there'd be a bit more energy. Particularly given the potential that the locations offered. Only the scenes between Depp and Heard (yes, I know) feel like they've properly turned up to work. It's nowhere near as bad as The Tourist, but another of Depp's misfires.
Michael Rispoli is kind of the Lifetime-movie version of Seth Rogen.